Infrastructure Matters - Issue 5: May 2016 - Ministry of Education

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Infrastructure Matters - Issue 5: May 2016 - Ministry of Education
Issue 5: May 2016
Infrastructure Matters - Issue 5: May 2016 - Ministry of Education
Fresh start planned for                                                                                                     Treaty of Waitangi
   Thorndon School                                                                                                             school plaques
                                                                                                                               mark special year
                                                                                                                                                                                             “We’re now quite closely linked to the history of the
                                                                                                                                                                                             Treaty, which is pretty neat.”
                                                                                                                                                                                             Halswell School held a ceremony when it unveiled its
                                                                                                                                                                                             plaque, which included singing a waiata and planting a
                                                                                                                                                                                             “The plaque has been received really positively by
                                                                                                                                                                                             everybody involved, which is really cool. It will be a
                                                                                                                                                                                             focal point in commemorations around the Treaty in
                                                                                                                                                                                             years to come.”
                                                                                                                                                                                             New Plymouth Girls’ High School also has a significant
                                                                                                                                                                                             history. Principal Jenny Ellis says the school was
                                                                                                                                                                                             founded in 1885, and her own great-grandmother was
                                                                                                                                                                                             a founding student.
                                                                                                                               Halswell School children and principal Bruce Topham proudly
                                                                                                                               show their Waitangi commemoration plaque, on permanent        The school’s plaque was presented in connection with
                                                                                                                               display in a garden of native plants at their new school.     the new Millennium Block, which was built in 2000.
                                                                                                                                                                                             Weathertightness issues led to a programme of repair
                                                                                                                                                                                             work, which was completed in 2015. The building
                                                                                                                               A handful of New Zealand schools                              houses the school’s library and administration areas,
                                                                                                                               belong to a very special club.                                and makes a striking modernist statement among the
                                                                                                                                                                                             school’s more historic buildings.
                                                                                                                               Last year marked 175 years since the Treaty of
                                                                                                   Thorndon School students    Waitangi was signed, and to commemorate the
                                                                                     Gigi Freeman and Charles Parangi-Brown
                                                                                                                               anniversary, the Ministry of Education offered all new
                                                                                     are among those who will benefit from a
                                                                                                        weathertight school    schools and schools completing major developments
                                                                                                                               in 2015 special commemorative plaques.
                                                                                                                               Two of the schools which received plaques were
                                                                                                                               Halswell School in Christchurch, and New Plymouth
                                                                                                                               Girls’ High School in Taranaki.
   Leaky buildings will be a thing of the                    All of the new learning spaces will be flexible,
                                                             contributing to an innovative learning environment.               Halswell School was rebuilt following the Canterbury
   past when a $9 million redevelopment                                                                                        earthquakes, and opened its doors at the beginning of
                                                             Thorndon School occupies a small, compact site, so
   at Thorndon School is complete.                                                                                             2015.
                                                             the new buildings will be configured to ensure there
                                                                                                                               Principal Bruce Topham says as soon as he heard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Katie Adlam
   The Wellington school is one of the oldest in the         is enough outdoor learning and play space, and
   country, but it’s the buildings which were built in the   enhance access-ways around the school grounds.                    about the plaques, he liked the idea.
   1990s that have failed to remain weathertight.                                                                              “Halswell School was first built in 1864 so it is almost
                                                             Construction will happen in two phases, with a                                                                                  New Plymouth Girls’ High School head students with their
   Planning is now under way to repair and                   temporary village of classrooms situated on the                   as old as the Treaty itself,” he says.                        plaque in front of the newly repaired Millennium Building.
   replace those buildings as part of the Ministry’s         neighbouring Wellington Girls’ College site while
   weathertightness assessment and repair programme.         redevelopment work is underway. The school has
   The school will have new teaching and administration      already moved into this space.
   blocks and an existing building will be turned into a     Thorndon School was first established as St Paul’s                Marking the Treaty of Waitangi at 175 years
   new library and resource centre.                          School in Sydney Street in 1852. Around 1873 its name             The commemorative plaques were just one of several ways schools marked the milestone in New Zealand’s history.
   The new teaching block will comprise 13 learning          was changed to Thorndon School, and it moved to its               Some schools took up the opportunity to install bilingual signage in their school; some even developed it in
   spaces, replacing the school’s 11 existing classrooms     current site in 1880.                                             partnership with their local iwi.
   and providing two extra learning spaces to                Construction will begin later this year, and is expected          The Ministry also launched a new website ( to highlight resources about the Treaty.
   accommodate the growth in numbers of students at          to take around 15 months to complete.                             Schools and communities have published their own commemorative projects on the site for others to learn from
   the school.                                                                                                                 and enjoy.

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Guillame Charton
   Sky-high dreams
   for Wakatipu High                                                                                                                                                                                                                Public Private
   School                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Wakatipu High School is one of four
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    new schools to be built and maintained
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    under the Ministry of Education’s second
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Public Private Partnership (PPP).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In a PPP, a private partner is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    responsible for designing, building,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    financing and maintaining the school
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    property for a contracted term - in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    this case, 25 years after the school
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    opens. This effectively guarantees that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the buildings will be fit-for-purpose
                                                                                                                                                   The Wakatipu High School community                                               throughout the life of the contract.
                                                                                                                                                           gathered to mark the start of
                                                                                                                                                      construction of their new facilities.                                         The principal and board of trustees are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    still responsible for the education, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the Government still owns the land and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buildings. However, any property issues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    that arise are the responsibility of the
   It’s all go for a new school for Wakatipu High School in Queenstown.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Guillame Charton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    private partner to put right. This means
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    that school leadership does not have
   The Year 9 to 13 secondary school will be relocating         quality, to help students concentrate, and facilities                                                                                                               to spend time on property - they can
   from its existing site to a new property in Remarkables      will be equipped with ICT infrastructure specifically                                                                                                               focus on teaching and learning instead.
   Park. This will allow the school to expand its growing       designed to support digital learning.                                                                                                                               The first PPP we completed was for two
   roll from around 840 to 1200.                                                                                                                                                                                                    new schools in Auckland; Hobsonville
                                                                The new facilities will include a multipurpose theatre
   The new facilities are being designed to allow future        space, gym, specialist learning facilities, a dance                                                                                                                 Point Primary School (completed in
   expansion that could cater for up to 1800 students on        studio, and a music rehearsal and recording studio.                                                                                                                 2013) and Hobsonville Point Secondary
   the site.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        School (completed in 2014).
                                                                There will also be sports grounds for soccer, rugby
   Wakatipu High School will continue to operate from           and cricket and hard courts for netball and tennis.      Deputy Prime Minister                                                                                      Our second PPP programme involves
   its current site until it moves.                                                                                      Bill English joins two                                                                                     four schools which are under
                                                                Details of the design for Wakatipu High School are
                                                                                                                         students in turning the                                                                                    development now:
   The new school will have flexible learning spaces            currently being finalised and the school has chosen to   first piece of earth on
   which are adaptable with large open spaces and               have an innovative learning environment.                 the new school site.                                                                                       •    Ormiston Junior College, Auckland
   smaller break out rooms allowing students to learn in                                                                                                                                                                                 — to be completed in 2017 (new
                                                                Innovative learning environments include flexible
   groups, work with their peers or learn independently.                                                                                                                                                                                 school).
                                                                learning spaces which can be adapted to suit different
   This helps them develop skills such as collaboration as      teaching and learning styles.                                                                                                                                       •    Aranui Community Campus /
   well as independent problem solving.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Haeata, Christchurch — to be
                                                                Site works will begin around the middle of the year,                                        Artist’s impression of the new                                               completed in 2017 (new school).
   Acoustics, lighting, heating and air quality will be high-   and actual construction by the end of 2016.                                                          Wakatipu High School
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    •    Rolleston College, Canterbury — to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         be completed in 2017 (new school).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    •    Wakatipu High School, Queenstown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         — to be completed in 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (relocation of existing school).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A third PPP programme involving six
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    schools has also been announced for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    three new primary schools in Auckland,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    one new primary school in Hamilton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and the relocation and co-location of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shirley Boys’ and Avonside Girls’ high
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    schools in Christchurch.

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Reconstructing New Zealand’s first                                                                         The original three buses which brought students to
                               school bus is a labour of love for                                                                                        Piopio District High School in 1924.
                               Max Laver (left) and Brian Tegg.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Alexander Turnbull Library
                                                                    Deep in the heart of the King Country,                    The team has put in a huge amount of research,
                                                                                                                              poring over the buses’ original specifications
                                                                    a little piece of school history is being                 unearthed in the National Archives, and examining
                                                                    lovingly restored.                                        historic photographs. They found the three buses
                                                                                                                              were originally built for the princely sum of £63.
                                                                    Back in 1924, the government funded the first three
                                                                    school buses in the country, to pick up kids from farms   Boatbuilder Max Laver says the buses would have
                                                                    out in the country and take them to school in Piopio.     been built by wood craftsmen in the day, and the
                                                                                                                              team was doing the same thing, in recreating the
                                                                    Brian Tegg, former principal at Piopio College, is        wooden framework and attaching it to the chassis.
                                                                    building a replica of the buses with the help of local
                                                                    artisans Max Laver and Mark Carter, the Piopio College    The attention to detail extends to placement of the
                                                                    Trust and the local Historic Society.                     screws, and even the original horsehair canvas is
                                                                                                                              being tracked down to cover the seats.
                                                                    Brian says the roads weren’t sealed back then, so it
                                                                    would have been a bumpy ride.                             “We’re wanting it to be as authentic as it’s possible to
                                                                                                                              be - 90 years later,” Max says.
                                                                    “They were most uncomfortable, but they changed
                                                                    the whole ‘access to education’ psyche in New             Piopio College Trust is looking to raise around
                                                                    Zealand from then on.”                                    $95,000 to cover the cost of reconstructing the bus,
                                                                                                                              and to house it in a purpose-built shed on Piopio’s
                                                                    The Ford Model T buses ran on routes out to               main road. They have already received contributions

   Historic school
                                                                    Paemako, Arapae and Te Mapara, and a fourth one           from the Ministry of Education, Waitomo District
                                                                    was later added for a route to Wairere.                   Council, Trust Waikato, and members of the local
                                                                    The buses initially transported around 90 students,       community.
                                                                    more than half of the school’s roll at the time, and
                                                                    they ran for 10 years before the next model bus was

   bus motors into
                                                                    Today, the Ministry of Education spends around $186
                                                                    million a year in getting kids to school where distance
                                                                    or access is a barrier - around 100,000 students every

   the future
                                                                    Brian is keen to bring this part of New Zealand’s
                                                                    education history to life. He came up with the idea
                                                                    more than 20 years ago when he was doing research
                                                                    for the college’s 75th jubilee.
                                                                    “It struck me, the uniqueness of it,” he says. “It was
                                                                    something that sat in my head for years and years.”
                                                                    When he found an original 1921 vehicle, complete with
                                                                    chassis and working motor, he got together with Max       Piopio College students Matthew Denize and Jack Griffin take
                                                                    and Mark and set about converting it into a school bus.   a turn behind the wheel of the replica school bus.

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Special dog brings
                                                                                                                            The intelligence and easy-going nature of

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Go Bus
                                                                                                                            trained assistance dog Lobo have made
                                                                                                                            him a natural companion for students on
                                                                                                                            the Ministry’s special education transport.

   joy to students
                                                             he says. “It is really neat to be part of these kids’ lives
                                                             and watch them grow and develop over time.
      School transport driver
      George Dempsey with                                    “I enjoy seeing the kids each day, it is just awesome.
                                                             They always give me a nice big smile and when they
                                                             come out of school and see me I always get a great
                                                             George, who has a background in farming, says he
                                                             has always loved dogs, so when he heard about a
                                                             Hamilton organisation that was looking for volunteers
                                                             to help raise assistance dogs he signed up.
                                                             He helps raise one dog at a time for a period of 12
                                                             to 14 months and teaches them the basics, including
                                                             household rules, good manners and social skills. The
                                                             assistance dogs then go off for advanced training
                                                             for their future roles working with people in the
                                                             community with disabilities.
                                                             “I love working with the dogs,” George says. “I’ve
                                                             learnt a lot from doing it.”
                                                             George was speaking to his manager when the pair
                                                             had the idea of taking the dogs along on his daily
                                                             school transport runs.
                                                             Together they got permission from the children’s parents,
   Big smiles greet George Dempsey when
                                                             and ensured the school was happy with the idea.
   he arrives to transport students with
                                                             When George started bringing the first dog on his runs,
   special education needs to and from                       he says the kids all wanted to sit beside it and pat it.
   school in Hamilton.
                                                             “They were all very excited,” he says. “I had to explain
   For the past three years George has worked as a           that it’s a working dog so we have to do things a bit
   driver for Go Bus Transport, one of the Ministry’s        differently.”
   transport providers.
                                                             George says while the children love having the dogs
   Twice a day George jumps into his van and heads off       come for a ride in the van, it is not just beneficial for
   to do his pick-ups and drop-offs. But unlike many         the students.
   other drivers, George takes a special friend along for
                                                             “It is really great for the dogs and for their social skills
   the ride - Lobo, his black Labrador.
                                                             as many of them will end up working with children.”
   In his spare time George volunteers as a puppy
                                                             George’s last assistance dog went to Tauranga after
   raiser for Assistance Dogs New Zealand. So, with the
                                                             its advanced training so that it could work with a
   permission of the students’ parents and their school,
                                                             young girl with autism. Assistance dogs often also
   he does his rounds with Lobo in tow.
                                                             work with children who have epilepsy, diabetes, are
   “The kids just love it,” George says. “They think it’s    amputees, or are in wheelchairs.
   awesome having a dog on board every day. If there’s
                                                             Outside of George’s special needs run and as part of
   room, then a dog will come with me morning and night.”
                                                             puppy development, he visits other Hamilton schools
   Originally from the Manawatu, George and his wife         where his assistance dogs socialise and meet other
   moved to Hamilton three years ago to be closer to         students with disabilities.
   her brother and open a pet shop. When George saw
                                                             George also helps to fundraise for Assistance Dogs
   an advertisement in the local paper from Go Bus
                                                             New Zealand.
   Transport looking for drivers, he decided to apply.
                                                             Special education school transport assistance
   “We have a special needs child ourselves so I know a
                                                             (SESTA) drivers work throughout the country to
   little bit about working with these sorts of children,”
                                                             deliver students safely to and from school every day.

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SPOTLIGHT ON TARANAKI                                                                                                                                                                                    SPOTLIGHT ON TARANAKI

   New library brings a
   new way of learning                                                                                                        Devastated
   A small Taranaki school                of the school operating out of
                                          transportable classrooms over the
   is taking its first steps              last six months.
   into an innovative

                                          With the repair came an
   learning environment.                  opportunity to reorganise the
   Mangorei School principal Michael      existing space.
   Carr says a new library and            “We’ve utilised the space better

   teaching space are designed as a       by taking corridors and things
   flexible learning space, and will be   out,” Mr Carr says.
   a prototype for future upgrades.
                                          The library was expanded and is
   “ILE is what everyone’s talking        now a multipurpose space, and
   about,” he says.                       a new room created a breakout
   “What we feel is that we need          space which can be used by
   to create spaces that fit with         teacher aides.
   curriculum design and delivery         “We wanted to create spaces that
   – that’s the most important, no        are multipurpose.
   matter what.”
                                          “We’ve got beanbags so it’s a
   Mr Carr says he wanted a “blank        flexible space.
   canvas” that could be added to in
   a way which supports the needs         “A tiered seat can be picked up and
   of the students.                       moved around wherever we want                                                       Principal Craig Simpson surveys
                                          and then put back together again.”                                                  the wreckage of Hawera
   The Year 1 to 8 school had to                                                                                              Intermediate School, most of
   address both weathertightness          The library is already popular                                                      which burned to the ground
                                          with students, and is providing                                                     last year.
   and earthquake resilience
   issues, which has seen much            inspiration for further plans for the
                                          school’s learning environment.

                                                                                                                        A cold wind sweeps across a broken                        The learning spaces are flexible and bright, and have
                                                                                                                                                                                  been completed with wireless ICT capability.
                                                                                                                        stretch of concrete – all that remains of
                                                    Revamp coming up for
                                                                                                                                                                                  The Ministry is working with all the schools in Hawera to
                                                                                                                        a 10-classroom block.
                                                                                                                                                                                  explore options for renewing the education network.
                                                                                                                        Seven months ago, on an ordinary Tuesday
                                                    Spotswood College                                                   morning, principal Craig Simpson arrived at Hawera
                                                                                                                        Intermediate School only to watch it go up in flames.
                                                    The design has almost been finalised for a new purpose-built
                                                    special needs unit at Spotswood College.                            By the time the fire was out, 10 of the school’s 14
                                                                                                                        teaching spaces and the hall were gone.
                                                    Construction is expected to start at the New Plymouth school
                                                    later this year and be completed in early 2017. The college         “They’re emotional places, schools,” he says. “You see
                                                    has also been working closely with the Ministry on a planned        history disappear, too. A lot of people showed up that
                                                    programme of works to upgrade the school’s property.                morning.”

                                                    While these plans are developed, students are able to use           Even more heart-breaking, the whole school had just
                                                    their new all-weather sports courts for tennis, netball, beach      been upgraded to wireless ICT capability as part of the
                                                    volleyball and basketball.                                          Ministry’s school network upgrade project.

                                                    Ministry property advisor Laura Keenan (right) says the             But the close-knit South Taranaki community rallied
                                                    progress is “really positive” for the school.                       round, and within days, the intermediate school’s 300
                                                                                                                        students were installed in spare classrooms at Hawera
                                                    “We’re not just looking at elements in isolation – we are working   High School.
                                                    collaboratively with the school towards a long term solution.”
                                                                                                                        Mr Simpson says he is grateful for the help under what
                                                    School executive officer Tracy Eru (left) has a particular          he described as “testing” conditions.
                                                    connection, as she used to be a student here. Her current office
                                                    used to be her seventh-form (Year 13) common room.                  Now the school is back home, and operating out of a
                                                                                                                                                                                  Craig Simpson with student Ellie, back on school grounds in
                                                                                                                        temporary village of transportable buildings.             the newly completed “village” of temporary classrooms.

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SPOTLIGHT ON TARANAKI                                                                                                                                                                                      SPOTLIGHT ON TARANAKI

                                        Modular                                                                                                                                                                 Devon intermediate School
                                                                                                                                                                                                                students Sijeena Poole and
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Malakai Latavao are delighted

                                        buildings hit the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    they are able to use the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            school’s new library, three years
                                                                                                                                                                                                               after the whole building was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ruined in a fire.

                                        Vogeltown School principal Jeremy Ogle started
                                        on the same day that the first of the Ministry’s new
                                        modular buildings arrived in New Plymouth.

                                        “There were three trucks with        building as she can open doors
                                        three pieces of classroom on         to the decks on either side.
                                        them,” he says.
                                                                             “That’s a great little area,”
                                        “I was down the road watching        Jeremy says. “Lee gets out the
                                        them heading into the junior         paints and easels and it’s easy to
Modular buildings                       school on my very first day.”        clean up afterwards.”

Modular buildings have a number         That was in April last year, and     He notes that although the
of advantages for schools, such as      12 months later, the classroom is    classroom is open plan, the
being assembled off site, faster to     working very well.                   noise factor is very low.
deliver than traditional classrooms,
                                        “We absolutely love it!” he says.    “Some classrooms have to put

                                                                                                                    Library back in action
built to a high quality and meeting
                                        “We’re very lucky to have it.”       baffles in or break up the space
the latest standards for flexible
                                                                             with furniture. Here, if people
learning spaces.                        Year 1 teacher Lee Newlands
                                                                             are talking in one corner, you
                                        says she really enjoys working in
They are available as single, double                                         can still talk in the other corner.”
                                        the new building.
or triple suites, and come with
                                                                             Jeremy was also surprised at
                                                                                                                    When a fire destroyed the library                            “It’s been such a big transformation in the last two
outdoor learning areas.                 “These are wonderful modern                                                                                                              months,” says student Malakai Latavao.
                                                                             how quickly the building was           and administration block, it “ripped
                                        new spaces,” she says.                                                                                                                   Student Sijeena Poole says the courtyard is popular
The Ministry of Education can                                                installed after the components         the heart out” of Devon Intermediate
support schools in making decisions     “It’s a flexible space, and we can   arrived on site.                                                                                    for breaks, and makes the library more attractive: “It’s
about which types of buildings best     use it in lots of different ways.
                                                                                                                    School.                                                      bright and cheerful, much nicer in general.”
                                                                             “Within a couple of weeks, we
suit their students’ needs.                                                                                         “We lost the hub of our school,” says associate              Malakai agrees, saying, “It’s so good. It’s like home –
                                        “I love the bright colours – the     were walking around inside it,
                                                                                                                    principal Jason Avery.                                       my home away from home.”
The timeframe for delivering            blues and the reds.                  the pieces were joined up and
a modular building project                                                   the carpet was down,” he says.         Three years ago, a fire started in the library on the
                                        “It’s a welcoming environment,
is considerably shorter than                                                                                        ground floor of a two-storey block, and spread
                                        and it will be lovely and warm in    “I’d love to have another
traditional building projects, as the                                                                               unstoppably to the rest of the building. Mr Avery
                                        the winter.”                         one for our senior school. I’d
school does not need to tender for                                                                                  says the resulting devastation meant that school staff
                                                                             recommend them to anyone.”
a design team or contractor and         Lee also calls it an “all-weather”                                          spent some time “camping” in other buildings, but it
the buildings are prepared off-site.                                                                                was also an opportunity to rethink the shape of the
This minimises disruption to schools
and allows staff and students to                                                                                    The New Plymouth school had several leaky buildings
focus on teaching and learning.                                                                                     which had been isolated. As some were no longer
                                                                                                                    needed, they were removed, opening up courtyard
Modular classrooms are intended
                                                                                                                    space which could be incorporated into the new
to last for generations and are
                                                                                                                    library and admin complex.
designed to support innovative
learning environments and are                                                                                       Ministry property advisor Laura Keenan says the job
suitable for a wide range of climatic                                                                               of repairing the buildings was more extensive than
conditions.                                                                                                         it looked to start with because it was a two-storey
Because of the quality of the
buildings and durability of                                                                                         “We had to make sure the bones of the building were
materials, boards of trustees will                                                                                  really robust, earthquake resilient, and structurally ok.”
face lower costs in maintaining the
                                                                                                                    But three years later, students and staff are delighted
buildings over time.                                                                                                                                                             Associate principal Jason Avery says the disaster gave them
                                                                                                                    with the spacious and bright new library, as well as the
                                                                                                                                                                                 the chance to open up the centre of the school to make the
                                                                                                                    return of suitable office facilities.                        most of the new building design.

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SPOTLIGHT ON TARANAKI                                                                                                                                                                               CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOLS REBUILD

   “Golden space” for                                                                                                          Homestyle villas for
   health school                                                                                                               students underway
                                                                                                                               The ground has been broken and
   In a bright new building by a playing
                                                                                                                               blessed in a sod-turning ceremony at
   field, the air is filled with the chocolate
                                                                                                                               Halswell Residential College.
   scent of fresh baking.
                                                                                                                               The Christchurch college has provided 24-hour
   The muffins are out of the oven, and students crowd
                                                                                                                               care for children and young people with intellectual
   round their kitchen counter. Head teacher Vivienne
                                                                                                                               impairments and complex needs since the 1950s.
   Clarke says this is the heart of Northern Health
   School’s brand new building, and it helps make it                                                                           The current 26 students are supported by specialist
   comfortable and “homely” for the students.                                                                                  resources, individualised programmes and highly-
                                                                                                                               trained staff in a stable and nurturing environment.
   She says the school’s students face major health
   issues such as severe injuries, heart conditions, cancer,                                                                   The turning of the sod marks the start of a $9
   severe diabetes, depression and anxiety disorders.                                                                          million redevelopment at the school which will see a
                                                                                                                               transformation from the outdated institutional-style
   “For the students with physical illnesses, they need a
                                                                                                                               dorm buildings to new, home-style villas.
   clean and healthy environment,” she says.
                                                                                                                               The four villas will comfortably accommodate up to
   “The students with mental health issues may have had
                                                                                                                               eight students each, and a multi-purpose learning
   negative learning experiences, so it’s important they
                                                                                                                               space will also be built.
   feel safe and welcomed.”                                    Northern Health School head teacher Vivienne Clarke savours
                                                               the moment, as student Clerize sets out a batch of muffins to   The redevelopment will also strengthen the main
   The school’s building is on the Devon Intermediate          cool in the school’s inviting new kitchen.                      school buildings and upgrade the flats used to
   School grounds in New Plymouth, and has its own
                                                                                                                               accommodate visiting parents and caregivers.
   access driveway and enclosed vehicle bay.
                                                               Over the last few years, an increasing number of                At the morning ceremony Associate Education
   This is suitable not only for students who have
                                                               students put pressure on the existing resource centre           Minister Nikki Kaye broke the ground, transferring the
   physical disabilities, but also those with anxiety
                                                               which provides services for the whole Taranaki district.        first sod into a box specially carved by a school staff
   disorders who would be unable to walk the length of a
                                                                                                                               member, where it will be kept until the redevelopment
   busy mainstream school.                                     “At one point, there were seven teachers and 20
                                                                                                                               is complete and it is returned to the site.
                                                               students all in one room,” Viv says. “There were
   “Here they feel more comfortable – they are still part                                                                                                                                Minister Nikki Kaye and a Halswell Residential College
                                                               teachers sharing desks.                                         The redevelopment is expected to be completed in          student at the ground-breaking of the new complex.
   of the school with a fine view of the playing fields, but
                                                                                                                               January 2017.
   more protected from the world.”                             “For us, this space is perfect because it’s got separate
                                                               areas for the students to learn in. It is a versatile space
                                                               which gives us opportunities to do extra activities
                                                               with our students.”                                                                                                                         Artist’s impression of the new villa complex

                                                               The kitchen is one of those areas which offers a
                                                               chance for students to learn life skills. As well as being
                                                               able to heat up food and make hot drinks, students
                                                               can practise cooking and baking.
                                                               The Northern Health School has around 600 students
                                                               in the North Island. The Taranaki site has about 30
                                                               students, although they aren’t all there at once as they
                                                               come in at various times during the week.
                                                               The exposed wooden frame is a popular design with
                                                               new schools, and can be seen in rebuilt schools in
                                                               Christchurch such as Marshland School.
                                                               Ministry property advisor Laura Keenan says the
                                                               collaboration with the health school has resulted in an
                                                               excellent facility for the students and teachers.
                                                               “It’s a warm, comfortable, homely, bright space,” she
   Students find it easy to concentrate in the purpose-built   says. “This is a nice golden space.”
   complex, which provides the extra support they need.

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                                                                                 Marshland School’s
                                                                                 view on learning
                                                                                 Even with wide rooms                   some ways. The windowseats are
                                                                                                                        gorgeous – they can curl up with
                                                                                 and high ceilings,                     a book.
                                                                                 Marshland School feels
                                                                                                                        “We were trying to create the
                                                                                 more like a cosy little                intimacy of a small school you see
                                                                                 town.                                  in the country.”
                                                                                                                        The flexible learning spaces are
                                                                                 Furniture and structures have
                                                                                                                        designed to support the school’s
                                                                                 been arranged innovatively
                                                                                                                        approach to teaching, which has
                                                                                 throughout the buildings so that
                                                                                                                        been developed over the last
                                                                                 there are all sorts of learning
                                                                                                                        two years.
                                                                                 spaces for all types of learners.
                                                                                                                        Jacqui says that they were already
                                                                                 There are amphitheatres where
                                                                                                                        prototyping a more collaborative,
                                                                                 several classes can learn together
                                                                                                                        student-focussed style of teaching
                                                                                 and practise presenting to large
                                                                                                                        at the old Marshland School, so
                                                                                 groups, and little nooks where
                                                                                                                        they were ready to use the spaces
                                                                                 students can work on their own or
                                                                                                                        well when they arrived at the new
                                                                                 in small groups.
                                                                                 In little corners tucked away,                                                  Marshland School principal Jacqui
                                                                                                                        “It’s just all running really            Pascoe.
                                                                                 teachers can tutor students
                                                                                                                        smoothly,” she says.
                                                                                 individually, and open spaces
                                                                                 can be used for a variety of           “I think the spaces are helping to
                                                                                                                                                                 The Christchurch school opened
                                                                                 movement-oriented activities like      shape the children’s behaviour.
                                                                                                                                                                 at the beginning of the year with
                                                                                 drama.                                 There’s a really nice flow of
                                                                                                                                                                 capacity for up to 400 students,
                                                                                                                        learning when you go around
                                                                                 Marshland School principal Jacqui                                               but with the surrounding suburb
                                                                                                                        – kids are comfortable in the
                                                                                 Pascoe says the new buildings                                                   growing quickly, and 340 students
                                                                                 are “working really well”, and the                                              already attending, the next stage
                                                                                 acoustics are excellent.               The original Marshland School was        of development has already begun.
                                                                                                                        damaged in the earthquakes, and
                                                                                 “People think that students                                                     This will accommodate a further
                                                                                                                        the ground wasn’t stable enough
                                                                                 would find it hard to hear in a big                                             100 students, and add a special
                                                                                                                        to rebuild on the same site, so
                                                                                 building, but they don’t,” she says.                                            education facility for up to 16
                                                                                                                        it has moved to a new location
                                                                                                                                                                 students. It will be completedd by
                                                                                 “It’s no noisier than an ordinary      down the road.
                                                                                                                                                                 the start of the 2017 school year.
                                                                                 classroom – in fact, it’s quieter in

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stephenson & Turner NZ
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                              Warm welcome
                              for West Rolleston
                              The West Rolleston Primary School site                      important to provide assurance around the uncertainty.”

                              was surrounded by paddocks on all                           One aspect of planning which worked in the Ministry’s
                                                                                          and the Board’s favour was the plan to build flexible
                              sides when it was selected for the new
                                                                                          learning spaces throughout the school.
                              school at the beginning of 2014.
                                                                                          “Flexible spaces can cater for a range of pedagogies,
                              Two years later, the fast-growing town of Rolleston         which was particularly important as we had to start
                              has already reached its gates.                              building before we knew what this school’s pedagogy
                                                                                          was going to be.”
                              The new $16.8 million school has been welcomed as
                              a much-needed addition for the town, and it already         Sylvia said the decision worked out well.
                              has more than 80 students.                                  “The flexibility of the learning space enables us to do
                              Principal Sylvia Fidow says the school is tipped to         more,” she says.
                              pass the 100-student mark by the end of the year.           The school has room for up to 750 students, and
                              “I love the library and reception area,” she says,          space for the Waitaha School satellite, supporting 16
                              adding that she plans to share the space with the           students with additional learning needs.
                              community before and after school.                          An official ceremony to celebrate the opening of the
                              Ministry delivery manager Robert Lyall says he first        school was attended by Associate Education Minister
                              walked onto the site in March 2014 when the Ministry        Nikki Kaye, and local MP Amy Adams, as well as many
                              was looking for a location for the new school.              representatives from other Canterbury schools.

                              “I remember standing there and trying to get my             West Rolleston School is the sixth school to open
                              head around what’s going to happen with the site            as part of the Ministry’s Christchurch Schools
                              and how we were going to bring it to life,” he says.        Rebuild programme.

                              A really important part of developing a new school          Robert says it’s great to see the school finally
                              was working with the Establishment Board of Trustees.       finished.

                              “I explain the process they’re going to go through, and     “It’s really a combination of pride but not just at the
                              explain the journey,” he says. “At that point, they don’t   building outcome – more at the fact that the school’s
                              know what decisions they’ll have to make so it’s really     there and the kids are there... and relief as well!”

                              Ministers Amy Adams and Nikki Kaye join principal Sylvia    Ministry delivery manager Robert Lyall in the centre of West
                              Fidow and West Rolleston School students in marking the     Rolleston School’s courtyard – the first time he stood here, it
                              school’s formal opening with a tree-planting.               was just a paddock.

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